City Unveils Renovations to Auto Row

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The City of Santa Clarita and local businesses cut the ribbon on brand new landscaping renovations on Creekside Drive between McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard. Pedestrians and motorists will notice the big changes include a new center lane and several crosswalks along the road.

Photo By John Nussbaum

The automotive center, which is home to the major car dealerships in Santa Clarita, was built in 1989 and hasn’t seen much renovation since then.

“The city came to us and said, ‘would you like some street enhancements done?'” said President of the SCV Auto Dealers Association, Don Flemming, “[and] we said ‘absolutely!'”

Funded completely from automotive dealer’s sales taxes, the million dollar renovations are aimed at being pedestrian friendly while promoting “cross-shopping.”

“It’s important that when people go car shopping, that they feel it is safe to walk across the street,” says Communications Manager for Santa Clarita, Gail Ortiz. “The auto dealers on Auto Row contribute 25 percent of the cities general fund tax revenue. So they are the biggest contributor of sales tax revenue to [Santa Clarita]. They are important and keeping them vibrant and healthy is important to the city.”

A food truck rally and a 200 car auto show is scheduled for May 15th from at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. located on Creekside Drive.